More Rotel Love

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by fordiebianco, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. fordiebianco

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    Rotel RX-800. Allegedly Jack Bruce's living room receiver. Had it restored and cleaned by an utterly delighted local team of amp specialists and it's now powering a set of LS-50s in the man cave. The beast has transformed the (already impressive) KEFs and pretty much made the subwoofer unnecessary. Very pleased with the acquisition, especially in view of the incredible cost/enjoyment ratio. Get one while you can.

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  2. jheu02

    jheu02 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Pretty interesting the couple German words on the faceplate while most are in English.
     
  3. asilker

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    I think I prefer green backlights over blue.
     
  4. fordiebianco

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    Unfortunately the backlights only light up in its full glory when you listen to FM. And yes, interesting mix of German and English. Rotel is such a strange company...
     
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  5. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    A vintage Rotel receiver without the trademark dial kink. Nice!
     
  6. fordiebianco

    fordiebianco Member

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    What's the Rotel dial kink?
     
  7. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    Images from the web...

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    And another...

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    RX-2001 was one of the last with kink...

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  8. fordiebianco

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  9. radioal

    radioal New Member

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    Serious Rotel envy here. My first receiver (C. 1973) was the entry level RX150A which survived my teen years and early adulthood only to be destroyed (along with my house!) in Hurricane Hugo (1989). I have since bought another one and use it as a tuner on my main system. The dial is identical to yours. I would definitely pick up an RX-800 given the chance!

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  10. fordiebianco

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    For those of you in the UK, gumtree seems to be a treasure trove of old Rotel receivers: there's currently a RX-400A for 150 quid available.
     
  11. Bodyblue

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    Growing up on the West coast of the US in the 60-70s I never even heard of Rotel. When I went into the HiFi stores etc that brand was never seen. Later on I heard about them but to this day, I have never even laid eyes on one. I hope I get the chance to see one of the vintage ones.....but growing up in the Western US means when I hear the word "rotel" this is what comes to mind:

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    For chili, nacho dip and cooking, they are incredible!
     
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  12. travellersol

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    actually I own a Teac AG3000 which looks tremendously similar to this Rotel RX800, the beautiful backlights too only light up in the tuner's mode. Last month I had it serviced to change the caps, and I asked the tech to modify it so that the lights will be on the moment it is powered up and remains until it is powered off. It is done and now I get the beautiful backlights on all the time!
     

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